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Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond The Illusion Of A Separate Self Paperback – January 30, 2008

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As with most modern books on Advaita, this is a psychological rather than a metaphysical presentation but it is full of sincere love, wisdom and humor. It is highly practical and readable with many original ways of looking at the situation in which the seeker finds him/herself. I highly recommend this book and there is no excuse for anyone not to sample it when Part 1 may be freely downloaded as a PDF file. A wonderful gift to the Advaita community. --Dennis Waite, author of The Book of One.

Nirmala offers a variety of subtle spiritual practices for inquiring and seeing the truth about you in every moment and, most importantly, accepting it. First, you find the truth through inquiry; then you stay with it until you rest in it; then you fall deeply in love with it....Another beauty of this collection is that Nirmala does not attempt to reject anything that arises in consciousness by hiding out in the Absolute. As he says, accepting the whole truth means that nothing matters and everything matters: `The goal of spiritual life is not to transcend the world or be done with it but to bring the Absolute to the suffering of the world.'...Besides wisdom, you will find honesty and humor in these talks....This book points to that which we truly are - the already present and permanent source of joy and happiness, the Heart of Being. --Dennis L. Trunk, Third Millennium Gateway

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In this concisely edited collection of satsang talks and dialogues, Nirmala invites you to join him in honoring the limitless love that is your true nature and to enjoy the sweet richness that is revealed when you give this truth your undivided attention.

"The beauty of this collection of Nirmala's talks and dialogues is that it covers much of the spectrum of spiritual awakening, from the initial experience of one's true nature to the practical challenges, which always call for a deeper seeing and deeper understanding of how spirit manifests as all of life and beyond. Within these talks and dialogues you, the reader, will find Nirmala to be a living invitation to look within. Nirmala welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of this welcoming is always an invitation to inquire deeply within, to the core of who and what you are. Again and again, Nirmala points the questions back to the questioner and beyond to the very source of existence itself--to the faceless awareness that holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace." -from the Foreword by Adyashanti
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation; 2 edition (January 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615187676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615187679
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow. This book is PACKED with one amazing paragraph after another. I cannot even express with words the level to which this book is opening me to the Heaven I find myself in. Nirmala blows my mind... Literally! Some paragraphs have impacted me so greatly that my experience will never be the same. I can sit for hours with just a page out of this book.

When I first started having the experience of Awareness that I was not my Mind and not my Body, and not even an "I", it was shocking and strange - I almost didn't know quite how to relate here anymore. This book is helping me to remember what I have always known, and it is like having a mentor with me all the time - Nirmala's "dialogues" with others in this book are really special, as the questions are MY questions, and it is like sitting with Nirmala (as I would "imagine" it, as I have never met him), and being guided back home to US... These words fall short of what this book is to me - language is limiting - but priceless would be a great word!

He writes with a great sense of humor, is a remarkable writer and this book flows like a river... I gave another copy away today and am ordering more. Give the gift of this book to you... If you even think for a minute it might be for you... it is!
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This is one of the best books on spirituality I've ever read.
Nirmala words are feeling as if being at home.
This book is excellent and inspiring.
It is very accessible for everybody who wants to know more about the ego, consciousness and awakening.
He has a beautiful way of writing.
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I love this book. Meeting us wherever we may be, Nirmala playfully engages us in an inward investigation to discover the true source of happiness. His message is spiritually profound but practical, incredibly wise but simple. In a down to earth, humble manner, Nimala reveals our false ideas with great understanding, humor and compassion. He invites us beyond the clutter of conditioned thoughts, emotions and habits, and points us to the boundless source of peace and love within.
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I've been sitting with nondual teachers, immersed in nondual reading and the practice of noticing for three years. Nirmala's book "Nothing Personal" has touched me more deeply than any other, from Longchenpa to Tony Parsons. I'm immersed in the book for the fourth time. I own both the hard copy and e-version, and on breaks at work I am nourished by reading a few pages and allowing it to sink in. He speaks the truth--boldly and kindly. A must-own book.
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I once heard that all books you read are the same book. I also heard that when you are ready to advance a teacher will find you. In the 21st century the idea of a teacher finding you is tough because of how spread out we are.

I've been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for about a year and half including meditation and Dharma study on the Lam Rim teachings. I have definitely experienced a calming of my mind and the Dharma teachings give me a good grounding in the true nature of reality.

When I found this book I was curious but I have a very skeptical mind typically. I started reading and for some reason the words just resonated with me on such a deep level. I've heard this all before - in various books dating back to Shakyamuni Buddha and Shantideva. I've heard it in Lama Yeshe and other current Tibetan teachers.

But something about the way the teachings on mind, feelings, desires, sensations, and the nature of truth, hit me in a different way. I've only been reading this book for five days and twice today I found myself in a very agitated state. Rather than just suffer I actually took steps into the agitation - the desire. First I entertained the thoughts around it and realized they were lies. Then I experienced the feeling - the sensation of intense sorrow in my gut, and I also knew that this wasn't real. I finally ended up at a place of just emptiness in the moment and it completely turned around the problem I was facing.

To have a teaching affect me so profoundly in just five days is quite a miracle for me. I understand that everyone is at their own level and their own path; but for me this book has been an astounding teacher that apparently found me at exactly the time I needed it.

Thanks, Nirmala, for making this available. I look forward to reading your other works when I complete this.
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It is my favorite book now and it has been my favorite book since the last three years.
I like spiritual books. But I don't read so much. Now I've found one book that keeps inspiring me an on ongoing basis. If I take a book somewhere, it is this one. I could say it's changed my life and initiated a shift.
I really recommend this book, for you and your friends.
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I'm now into my second reading of Nothing Personal, and I find every paragraph resonating more and more. Nirmala's humble yet constant redirection back to the nature of one's present experience is so skillfully woven into the fabric of this book that it never becomes boring or repetitive. What makes each chapter stand out is the lack of that overwhelmingly popular non-dual language, and instead practical invitations to really look into who and what we are, with a playful, exploratory, and relentless questioning.
Nirmala's simple and unassuming approach is delightful, and the book is nicely sectioned into both narrative explorations and dialogue, which really helps the reader to connect with the material.
I've read more Advaita and non-duality books than I care to admit- so many in fact that I have considered burning them all as a ritualistic expression of how they have simply become another aspect of the imaginative ME. There is no danger here, as Nirmala fully embodies Nisargadatta's famous adage, "Love says "I am everything". Wisdom says "I am nothing". Between the two, my life flows". What is refreshing about Nirmala is he is fully conscious of the limits of absolutes and relatives, and instead continues to invite us to see the nature of our self illusion, while at the same time, celebrating it with an encompassing joy.
Michael Rossi (Phoenix, Arizona)
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